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   2010 SPRING Newsletter                                       Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE  
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Dear Abbie,

Happy Spring! 

This spring, I had the wonderful experience of leading the Board and friends of the Milton Foundation for Education  in a strategic planning effort.  Established fifteen years ago, the Foundation supports the public schools in Milton, MA, including four elementary schools, one middle school and the high school.


Starting with a series of individual interviews and a Strategic Planning Committee, the Foundation board held a full day retreat, inviting the different school principals, members from the various PTO and other Support organizations to join in.   Spirited discussions ensued, using a model called Grounded Visioning; I have attached an article about this process in this newsletter.

"When we initially contacted Abbie about facilitating our strategic planning retreat, we were only considering inviting board members.  Abbie convinced us to expand our list of invitees to include school administrators, donors and other fundraising groups in the discussion.  We were overwhelmed by the positive response we received from the greater Milton community.  This added a whole new perspective to our vision for the future of our organization and we have a renewed sense of energy moving forward."

                                            Mary McLaughlin, President
                                 Board of Trustees
                                 Milton Foundation for Education
As you can see, the retreat was a success and The Foundation is excited about its renewed commitment to public education in Milton and moving into its future with new energy and purpose.
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